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Low power chip for mobiles

A faculty member of GITAM University developed a low power VLSI chip which extends the life of mobile phone battery at a lower cost.

An assistant professor of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of GITAM University I. Sreenivasa Rao who developed the chip, said that power consumption in the VLSI circuits could be reduced and the charging capacity of the mobile battery could be extended up to 13 hours. It will also increase the number of applications in smart phones.

Dr. Sreenivasa Rao received the best research paper award in IEEE International conference held at Chennai.

Dr. Sreenivasa Rao can be contacted on 98492 45649.


Lessons for life

words of wisdom:Former Davis Cup star Vijay Amritraj interacts with children ata promotional event organised as part of Chennai Open on Wednesday —Photo: R. Ragu

words of wisdom:Former Davis Cup star Vijay Amritraj interacts with children ata promotional event organised as part of Chennai Open on Wednesday —Photo: R. Ragu


‘Yantraang’ witnesses good participation

Innovative:A student displaying his project at the ongoing tech-fest organised by Kakatiya Institute of Technology & Sciences, in Warangal on Sunday.- PHOTO: M. Murali

Innovative:A student displaying his project at the ongoing tech-fest organised by Kakatiya Institute of Technology & Sciences, in Warangal on Sunday.- PHOTO: M. Murali

‘Yantraang-2013’, the two-day event organised by the mechanical engineering department of Kakatiya Institute of Technology & Sciences (KITS) here, brought together students and academics.

Inaugurating the event, A. Dayananda Reddy, managing director of Vasantha Tool Crafts Private Limited, Hyderabad, who belongs to the first batch of the college, urged students to dream and work to realise their dreams. “A student needs to have many skills to succeed in the present day competitive environment,” he said.

Head of the department, K. Guru Raj, said about 400 participants from Pondicherry, Chennai, Bangalore, Bihar and Hyderabad had arrived on campus to take part in events such as robo wars, robo race, robo soccer, aqua drive and rocketrix. Faculty coordinator P.S.S. Murthy said the symposium papers and technical events cover a wide range of subjects, which claim to be the organs of the body of mechanical engineering.

College events…

The Annamacharya Institute of Technology and Sciences Tirupati and Annamacharya College of Pharmacy, Rajampet in association with Indian Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chennai organised an international workshop on Medication Therapy Management as a part of the Pharmacy Practice Module Learning Series.

The idea was to bring the scientific community under one umbrella and explore the importance of pharmacy education in clinical aspects on par with USA system and other countries like Australia, Germany, Canada and others to improve the health care system.

Elizabeth Sherman, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice Nova South Eastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Miranda Nelson, Clinical Associate Professor from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and Krishna Kumar, Professor of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics School from Howard University, Washington DC shared their expertise.



The first Alumni Meeting ‘Smriti -2013’ was conducted by the Department of Business Management, RBVRR Women’s College on December 21 in the college auditorium. More than 200 students from batches dating from 1991 onwards participated in the meet amidst nostalgia, a press release said.

Capt. Mamatha, Executive Director, Flytech Aviation Academy was the chief guest for the event, while Facebook India’s Staffing Manager V. Archana, was the guest of honour. Prof. Tippa Reddy, Dr. MV Lakshmi Devi, Prof. Muthyam Reddy, Dr. Ramakrishna Reddy, and Prof. Renuka Sagar from the college also participated in the event.

The alumnus shared their experiences and memories of college days on campus during the meeting. New Office Bearers of the Alumni Association Committee were also nominated during the event.



Nalla Narsimha Reddy Group of Institutions conducted different events for students, including those from engineering, pharmacy and management streams. As part of the events, an International Education Fair was conducted in association with Vaalmiki Group.

Representatives from different universities, especially from USA, Canada and France participated in the fair. Students from different colleges attended participated in the event and university representatives counselled them about overseas education in their universities, procedure to obtain I20, educational loan process, sponsorship etc.

This apart, a motivational lecture was also organised for first year students about overcoming stress, opportunities after graduation Anil Nair, popular Mathematician. Further, he also explained about different effective and short cut methods in problem solving and screened many videos about the success stories of different people, said a press release.



Marri Laxman Reddy Institute of Technology (MLRIT) celebrated its Traditional Day wherein the students came in their resplendent best reflecting the Indian culture and customs. Marri Laxman Reddy welcomed the students and said it was an effort to remind students that despite being global citizens they should continue to respect their culture and ethos.

Several cultural activities like dancing, singing and dandiya were organised as a part of the programme. M.Rajashekar Reddy, secretary MLRIT was present.



The BVRIT Hyderabad College of Engineering for Women conducted a workshop on “Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes” that dealt with developing tools for disabled people to make the quality of life much better with simple materials.

Dr. Therese Willkomm from University of New Hampshire, USA was the resource person and she was assisted by her post graduate students Vanessa Lynne Tocco and Emily Nicoll Hames. They dealt with creating simple tools that improve the quality of life of the disabled.

The workshop started with the demonstration of various daily used materials. Then the students started developing equipments with daily used items in few minutes. “Students found this workshop to be very interesting and were able to develop many useful equipments for the disabled people with their innovative ideas,” said the principal, K.V. Sunita.

Chairman of Sri Vishnu Educational Society (SVES), K.V.Vishnu Raju stressed the importance of creative thinking of engineers to make the quality of life better for disabled people.




Contest for women

Nandini Voice for the Deprived, a non-governmental organisation, is conducting an essay competition for women on the topic ‘Impact of TASMAC shops on women’s life in Tamil Nadu.’

Participants are expected to present their views about the State’s approach and policy in promoting TASMAC shops and its consequences. The essay can be in English or Tamil and should not exceed 1,500 words. The essay should be sent by post on or before January 27 to the following address : N. S. Venkataraman, Trustee, Nandini Voice for the Deprived, M 60/1, Fourth Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai-600 090. It can also be mailed to nsvenkatchennai@gmail.com

For details, contact 044 – 2491 6037.



Indians receive scholarships

The scholarship award ceremony, held recently at the University of Sheffield, U.K., witnessed Indian students being awarded scholarships worth over 63 lakhs. Each year, the university lays out scholarships worth over £2 million for international students enrolling for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

This year, the university awarded four India Postgraduate Merit Scholarships worth £7000 each, won by Jenitta Sharon Thomas, Nivin Das, Anahita Kumar and Indranil Adhya. Chennai girl Jenitta Sharon Thomas and Nivin Das from Kochi are pursuing MSc (Engg) ceramic science and engineering and MSc Engineering Process Safety and Loss Prevention respectively, in the faculty of engineering.

Anahita Kumar from Pune is pursuing a Master’s in Management at the Triple Crown Accredited Management School.

West Bengal boy Indranil Adhya who has enrolled with the medical school for MSc in Molecular Medicine said, “Coming to the University of Sheffield was indeed a big opportunity for me. In addition, the course I am pursuing is extremely useful for those who want to enter the field of non-clinical research. I look forward to a PhD studentship right after my master’s at this very university.”

Bangalore girl Manali Naik made the country proud by winning one of the ten coveted International Baccalaureate Undergraduate Merit Scholarships worth £7000 each.

The University of Sheffield has also awarded two India Undergraduate Merit Scholarships worth £7000 each to Chennai boy Ashwanth Raju and Arjun Singh Arora from Kolkata. Ashwanth Raju has enrolled at the faculty of engineering for B(Engg) Systems and Control Engineering and Arjun Singh Arora is pursuing B(Engg) mechanical engineering. The university will be announcing the 2014 provision soon. After which full details can be found at http://www.shef.ac.uk/

international/countries/ asia/south-asia/india/ scholarships.



The World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) 2014 in Chennai

One on one:At the WUDC 2013 held in Berlin last December.

One on one:At the WUDC 2013 held in Berlin last December

The World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC), one of the largest annual international student events, will be held in India for the first time (from December 29 to January 3). Harish Natarajan , arbitrator for WUDC 2014 and a former director of Debating at the Cambridge Union shares his views on this event.



WUDC has become the preeminent student event in the academic world. Teams from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge and Sydney will compete. The participants are the best students from these universities who like to spend their free time reading current affairs, arguing controversial topics and improving their ability to communicate — all skills that help them a lot academically.

The India advantage

A noteworthy aspect of WUDC taking place in Chennai is that participants will be exposed to the next generation of world leaders. From the current crop of debaters, you will find at least five future Prime Ministers and Presidents. Previous competitors include Michael Gove (the U.K. Education Secretary), Liam Fox (former U.K. Home Secretary), Ted Cruz (Senator from Texas, U.S.) among others. Chennai Worlds is also an opportunity to showcase India to the rest of the world. Importantly, hosting WUDC in India would help improve the quality of debating in India. Debating against the best in the world will help Indian students improve their own debating skills, and hopefully allow them to teach those skills to others. Chennai Worlds is vital to the further development of Indian debating, as many students will be exposed to the highest level of debating.

Intellectually exciting

Debating forces us to challenge our premises. It makes students ask, “why is that true.”? “How sure are you.?” “If you had to argue the other side, how would you.”? This is inspirational for many, as it really does open their world to things they otherwise never considered. Debating allows students to express their opinions; it is an avenue for exploring what you think and why you think so. Debating sharpens one’s ability to analyse issues.

Essential skills for debaters

The best debaters are immensely intelligent, with the ability to construct complex arguments with only 15 minutes of preparation. With topics that can be about almost anything (science, politics, economics, international relations, philosophy), without the ability to think rapidly, critically and deploy logical arguments, they will never be able to compete at the highest level.

However, being intelligent only gets you so far. You need to be aware of how well you communicate those arguments to an intelligent audience.

That obviously involves being a proficient public speaker. It involves framing your arguments correctly, careful use of vocabulary and structuring your thoughts in a coherent manner. A knowledge of world affairs is a great tool, but debating isn’t a general knowledge quiz. You may need facts, buts it’s often about deploying them carefully and in a persuasive way.

The advantages

At the top level, you have to be at your best to win. That’s Worlds — challenging you to debate against the most intelligent people that you will ever meet. However, from my professional life, I’ve noticed that many people struggle to express themselves and really hate speaking in public or giving presentations. Debating really equips you with the speaking skills that are vital, but so often underemphasised in traditional academia.



Robotics contest for students this month

Are you a school student fascinated with robots? Well, here is your chance to build one and compete with like-minded enthusiasts from across southern India.

Indian Robotix League (IRL) 2013, a three-day competition for students to build robots and put them to test in various contests including racing and football, will be held from December 28 to 30 in Chennai. Over 400 teams are expected to take part in the event which has a grand prize — a trip to Singapore to participate in the international edition of the event.

Race car driver Armaan Ebrahim unveiled the logo of IRL 2013 at a media event held at a star hotel in T. Nagar on Tuesday afternoon. “It is good that students, from a young age, can enjoy the experience of building a robot and understand its functions, especially in cars, using electric and hybrid technology,” he said.

Organised by Robotix Learning Solutions in association with Meritus Mynd Works, IRL will commence with a two-day training for participants on construction of a nitro/electric/green hydrogen fuel-cell car, humanoids, and various aspects of developing a competitive miniature robot. Scheduled to be held at Bala Vidya Mandir in Adyar, the training workshop will witness the selection of teams of students, from classes IV to XI, who will battle it out in the final round of IRL to be held at IIT-Madras on December 30.

Those interested may log on towww.indianrobotixleague. comto register. For more details, visit the Facebook and Youtube space of IRL.

Next summer, post IRL, the organisers, in coordination with Ability Foundation, have planned to conduct training workshops on robotics for physically-challenged children.



Winter workshop

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai and Department of Mathematics, Andhra University organised a two-week workshop- ‘Winter School on Measure Theory and Functional Analysis’ between November 25 and December 6.

K.Rama Mohana Rao, Registrar,  A.U was the chief guest at the function and spoke about the importance of Mathematics in various disciplines and said that the objective of the winter school will be realised when the participants contribute a research paper based on the principles learnt in the school.

M.Krishna, the organiser of the winter school from I.M.Sc., Chennai spoke about the need to conduct such winter schools in academic institutions. N.V.E.S.Murthy, Chairman, BOS presided over the valedictory.

The lectures were delivered by.P.S.Chakraborty from I.M.Sc., Chennai on Probability Theory, G.C.Rao and G.V.R.Babu  from Dept. of Maths., A.U. on Linear Algebra and Basics, A.Mohari from I.M.Sc., Chennai on Hilbert Space Theory, M. Krishna on Measure Theory S.Sundar from Chennnai Mathematical Institute, Chennai on Introductory Functional Analysis.

Kabaddi selection

Molli Vasu Hemanth Kumar from ECE department, Coastal Institute Of Technology And Management, Kothavalasa was selected to be a part of the NTU Kakinada Kabaddi (Men) Team which will take part in the South Zone Inter-University Kabaddi Tournament to be organized by Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur.

Fresher Party

A Fresher Party was organised at Lendi college to break the ice between the new entrants and seniors .There was much excitement among the students and a variety of performances were staged. Chairman of the college P. Madhusudana Rao along with the Secretary K. Siva Rama Krishna and Principal V.V. Rama Reddy joined in the celebration and spoke to the students.

The cultural activities touched upon various themes like patriotism, culture, classical dance, and singing.



Nominations invited for Mrs. Chennai contest

Virgo Event Management is organising the 14th edition of Mrs. Chennai and the second edition of Miss and Mrs. Tamil Nadu. Contestants will be selected on the basis of their personality, communication skills, talent and IQ.

The sub-titles to be won include cookery queen, creative queen, fitness queen and mobility queen.


Participants should be between 16 and 25 years of age to participate in the Miss Tamil Nadu event and between 21 and 40 years for Mrs. Chennai.

The preliminaries will be conducted at Spencers Plaza Atrium- Phase Three.

Last date for registration is December 10.

Applications can be downloaded from virgoevents.co.in and details are put up on the Facebook page.

For details, call 99410 18210 or 98414 83511.


Army recruitment

Army has sought application forms from eligible candidates for recruitment as Junior Commissioned Officer (religious teacher).

Candidates from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, and Krishna districts, and Yanam of Puducherry have been asked to apply in the prescribed form by the Army Recruitment Office, Visakhapatnam.

Candidates have to qualify in fitness test and written and interview. Fitness test will be held in Chennai from February 10 to 15. The last date to apply is December 27. Those who receive call letters have to appear for the screening test at Tiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu) between February 10 and 18.



Keep us happy and healthy

Sing and dance:Send across the message.Everybody wants to find a healthy way of life. Using art and cinema, here is a campaign to raise awareness.

A healthy child is a happy child. But did you know that 6.6 million children from around the world didn’t make it past the age of five in 2012? There are many reasons for these early child deaths, but half of these could have been treated with access to simple remedies.

With the objective of ensuring children’s health, CineArt “Healthy Children, Happy Children” initiative was launched, following the celebration of Children’s Day on November 14. What is interesting about this initiative is that it is the largest student-led campaign of its kind in the country on children’s health. Through creative techniques using art and cinema, the campaign will raise awareness on children’s health and disease prevention.

Take the fun way

Can you imagine puppetry, theatre and storytelling sessions being used as tools to learn the important aspects of health like hygiene, exercise, environment and vaccination among other things? That’s where the initiative scores with 600 workshops planned to make use of such tools to get children involved — having fun and learning the importance of a healthy way of life.

Over 200 schools across four cities — Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi — will be part of the campaign, which will bring together leading paediatricians, NGOs and artists in the field of creative learning, to mentor children about the significance of a healthy lifestyle. The schools will also form “Healthy Children, Happy Children” Clubs to reach out to students as well as parents to uphold health education. And here’s the kicker — select students from short-listed schools will also get the chance to work with eminent filmmakers to make original health films, which will be shown across India carrying the message of child health. So aspiring filmmakers, get ready to don the director’s cap for a cause.

The inaugural event, in Chennai, opened with an original children’s theatre production on health and special film featuring children highlighting the issues of children’s health. PVR Nest (of PVR cinemas fame) and Sanofi India are joint hosts of this campaign.


Workshops will make use of puppetry, theatre and story telling as tools to learn important aspects of health making the learning fun and enjoyable.




Band of boys

Chat F16 has a way to win hearts through their music

“We are from Chennai and do not speak a word of Hindi. And we certainly don’t have anything to do with Indian classical music,” says Joshua, the manager and the vocalist of the Chennai band F16.

And they can’t possibly do any Indian classical music with instruments like guitar, bass guitar and drums. The five-piece band comprises of Joshua (vocals and guitar), Vikram (drums), Harshan (keyboard), Viraj (lead guitar), Sashank (bass) and they are quite an excited bunch for their first gig in Hyderabad for the second edition of Rowson’s Reserve Smooth Spaces Off the record event.

F16 quite doesn’t know how they zeroed in on the name but definitely feels they connect with the strength and spirit of the F16 fighter planes. Like all bands of youngsters, F16 also happens to be a bunch of friends who played separately for other bands and would only jam once in a while.

“But after a point we realised we were so comfortable playing in each other’s company that we couldn’t think of playing for others,” says Joshua.

F16 however, mostly looks at playing their own numbers and do not really rely on playing covers. “When do we display our music when we only play covers,” Joshua points out.

F16 may be a sought-after band for shows now but when they first went on stage, it was a disaster, they recall. “We were advised not to play or perform again. But we turned the criticism into our driving force and got our act together, including disciplining ourselves. And now we go on stage with a lot of confidence and that’s why we are absolutely looking forward to the response here,” says Joshua.

Plans of cutting an album are “in the pipeline as well,” they confide.


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